Taking a different approach

With the grants we make through our new portfolio we want to address inequality in Scotland. To help us we are focusing on how those projects we fund will embrace our three key approaches of people-led, strengths-based and connected

We also said we’d like to encourage more groups that hadn’t applied to us before to feel they could now do so – by offering smaller amounts of money in a single step process.

New grantholders REACH Lanarkshire Autism have been awarded £77,100 today and here Trustee Kirsteen Allan offers her view and some hints & tips for anyone thinking of applying.

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“As first time applicants we were surprised the process was so straight forward. The questions in the application were easy to follow and got us really thinking about our work in terms of the three approaches of people-led, strengths based and connected.

“We are very much a people-led charity and consult regularly with those we work with, looking for their involvement for us to be able to tailor our services to meet their needs so being able to express that on the application really helped. Our organisation is also connected as we have a good understanding and have built up good working relationships with other local groups and we feel confident in our new project which will complement other activities within Lanarkshire.

“To any organisations thinking of applying I would advise that you plan your project well in advance and gather as much information from your local community as you can, as well as thinking about how you can and will address the three approaches.  Don’t forget that you can always call the Big Lottery Fund to get information and guidance if you are unsure about any part of the process.

“Now we have been awarded a grant we are really excited to finally get started. Funding for staff posts and rent will now mean we can focus on our work which we hope will improve the lives of the children and families we support. We can now develop recreational and therapy activities for our children and young people enabling them to develop their social skills and lessen any sense of isolation they can often feel.

“This funding is vital and will go a long way to helping us to reach the next stage in our development as an organisation. So many people we work with are going to benefit and we’ll be able to provide so much more support to the families we work with.”

Click here for more info on all awards.

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